If you were to ask any local about what they think of when they hear the name Corstorphine, it’s quite likely that they will swiftly refer to its now most famous and popular landmark: Edinburgh Zoo.
And you know what? That’s fair enough.
Edinburgh Zoo is absolutely amazing and we highly recommend you go there pretty all of the time. But, having said all of that, cute little penguins and cuddly Lions are not all that this end of town has to offer.
Sitting 4 miles west of the city centre, Corstorphine was actually separate from Edinburgh up until as recently as the mid-20th Century. Now, it is a thriving suburb and a popular place to stay in both the long and short term.
With great links into town and out to Edinburgh Airport, this bustling and tightly knit community is a great location to move into if you like the busy Edinburgh life, but don’t quite fancy it 24/7.
Interested in knowing more? But of course you are.
So, let’s pop out for a stroll and see what this family friendly, chilled out area is all about… Oh, and make sure to read to the end. There might just be a secret tip hiding for you there.
It might not be slap bang in the middle of all the action, but Corstorphine still has plenty to keep you occupied and out of mischief. Whether it’s getting involved with the crowds or spending some quality time with nature, this area can provide you with all that you want and more to ensure that you’re never without something worthwhile to do.
Edinburgh Zoo is, as we have mentioned, Corstorphine’s most well-known attraction. Whether you’re living alone, with a partner or have yourself a family, this is one Edinburgh crowd-pleaser than demands coming back to again and again. With wide open spaces and all the animals you could possibly want, what’s not to love? You could Doo-little to improve this experience.
Murrayfield Stadium has long been the home of Scottish Rugby Union and is only a short walk away if you settle down in this sports mad area. Fan of the Six Nations Championship? The Pro14 or European Rugby Champions Cup? This 67,144 capacity stadium has it all. And, if you like your concerts large and star studded, this venue is frequently the host to some of the largest music acts in the world. You’ve scored the winner here!
Corstorphine Hill provides that little bit of calm and peace for those who need to get away from it all. Great for trekking and with a stunning view over the city, if it’s a beautiful day and you fancy getting the blood pumping, you could do a lot worse than to give this a go. If you make to the summit, you’ll find Corstorphine Hill Tower, which was built 150 years ago as a memorial to Sir Walter Scott. Get yer boots on! We’re going on an adventure!
Murrayfield Ice Rink has just what you need if those cheeky penguins have inspired you to participate in some slip and sliding about. Whether it’s a bit of delicate skating or some thrilling ice hockey you’re after, this arena has an important place in the hearts of many who have grown up in this city. Very cool!
Coffee & Cake
If you fancy making a day of it and enjoying one of Corstorphine’s many treats, you might want to kick it all off with a tasty breakfast boost. Luckily for you, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to the tasty morning necessities. Or any other times of day, come to mention it. Hot beverages and a quiet snack your thing? We’ve got it covered.
Café Vigo has the sort of food and coffee that may persuade you never to step foot into one of the larger chains ever again. Professional staff, delicious drinks and food that will make your stomach giggle with glee, if you don’t enjoy your experience here then there’s a good chance you’re probably not alive. Our recommendation? Try the Carrot Cake. Stunning.
The Village Cafe reminds us that life is just too short for bad coffee. So don’t be a mug (Hee! Hee!). Pick this delightful family run business and you’re guaranteed to be satisfied. Whether you’re after the perfect home baked scone or something a bit more substantial (burger anyone?), this lovely café will make sure you’re well fed and watered with some of the best warm drinks around.
Mimi’s Bakehouse might be the only café we know that has a secret garden. But, as great as that is, it’s still the food and drink that gives it its stellar reputation. An established part of Edinburgh’s coffee and cake scene, with numerous shops across the city, this cosy and friendly joy really is a must for any occasion. If you like your afternoon tea, put this one on your to do list.
Stortebacker is really small. But don’t let the size fool you. It’s all part of the charm. Filled with all kinds of mind-blowingly good delights, this endearing little bakery exists because we need it to. There really is nothing quite like it. You might find a queue outside because there’s no indoor dining and it’s extremely popular, but don’t let that put you off. The authentic German pretzels are worth the wait alone.
Being a little way out from the likes of Princes St, it wouldn’t be unfair for you to believe that shopping here wouldn’t be all that great. But, whilst it perhaps isn’t quite so fruitful in that regard as the likes in the heart of town, you might be pleasantly surprised by what you might find.
Bubbly could not be a more apt name for this joyful little independent gift shop. Light and airy, if you’re looking for something interesting and fun to bring a smile to someone’s face, we would highly recommend popping in and saying hello. This cheerful soul is all about the love and happiness, so do yourself a favour and pay it a visit. Definitely one to ‘pop’ into.
Corstorphine Bed Centre has exactly what you need if you thinking of moving into the area and are looking to get yourself some essentials for the most important room in the home. Providing products that are top of the range and made to last, their stylish selection is only matched by how knowledgeable and helpful their staff is. A top bed retailer in the city.
Blessings & Blossoms sells beautiful presents for babies and young children. If you have little people in your lives (or are planning to), this wee shop has a wide selection of high quality bits and pieces that are perfect for them. Very friendly and incredibly helpful, if gifts and clothes for kids is what you’re after, look no further than Blessings & Blossoms.
GuitarGuitar is all about rocking out. Maybe you’re a well-practiced Jimi Hendrix wannabe or maybe you’re just wanting to take up a new hobby and learn some tunes. Whatever it is you’re after, this fascinating store will have something for you. You could spend hours in here looking at their amazing instruments. Give it a try. It’ll rock your world.
Bars & Restaurants
One thing you cannot escape from here in the greatest capital on earth is that, no matter where about in the city you are, there will always be somewhere close by where you can go out and get yourself some top quality food and drink. Whether it’s a nice meal with your partner or a quiet glass on your own, Corstorphine will have an establishment for you.
The Torfin is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week and may be your new favourite place to chill. With a vast selection of fine food, craft beers and yummy cocktails, this relaxed and spacious bar is the perfect place to hang out and enjoy your free time. Oh, and it’s also a dog friendly venue! So, if you have a furry little friend that you don’t want to leave at home, why not bring them along?
Little Rascal Wine & Shop Bar brings classy dining to Corstorphine and then ramps it up to eleven. A lovely spot to enjoy a civilised glass or two, indulge in a delicious cheese board or some chorizo whilst you’re there and your evening will be complete. One of the best spots in the area, wash down the week in this cheeky little number. Great wine. Great Food. Great staff. What more could you possibly want?
Corstorphine Inn is one of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs and the place to go if you really want to mingle with the locals. With a load of comfort food dishes and plenty of drinks to choose from, all you have to do is pull up a chair and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic location. A proper pub for proper people.
Dine Murrayfield might just be the classiest restaurant in the area and well worth your buck. Sitting close to Edinburgh’s looming Murrayfield stadium, the menus here are designed by award-winning Michelin starred chef Stuart Muir. The food celebrates the very best of nature and is committed to supporting local and independent suppliers. Fine dining supreme.
And our secret tip?
Corstorphine Hill Walled Garden is a labour of love, adored by the locals and little known to anyone else. Maintained by volunteers, this hidden gem has plenty of seating for you to catch your breath, reflect and be still. Gorgeous.